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hit the fan

Definition of hit the fan

informal

  1. :  to cause a lot of anger and trouble —used especially to describe what happens when people find out about something that makes them very angry <I don't want to be there when it hits the fan.> —often used in the impolite phrase when the shit hits the fan



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to reach with or as if with a blow

    :  to come in contact with

    :  to strike (as a ball) with an object (as a bat, club, or racket) so as to impart or redirect motion

  1. :  an act or instance of hitting or being hit

    :  a stroke of luck

    :  a great success

  1. :  any of various devices for winnowing grain

    : :  an instrument for producing a current of air: as

    :  a device that is held in the hand and moved back and forth to cool a person and that is usually shaped like a segment of a circle and composed of material (as feathers or paper) mounted on thin rods or slats moving about a pivot so that the device may be closed compactly when not in use

  1. :  to drive away the chaff of (grain) by means of a current of air

    :  to eliminate (as chaff) by winnowing

    :  to move or impel (air) with a fan

  1. :  an enthusiastic devotee (as of a sport or a performing art) usually as a spectator

    :  an ardent admirer or enthusiast (as of a celebrity or a pursuit)


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